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Yoga Mat Bag from Old Pants 

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Yoga Mat Bag from Old Pants 

Written By: Becky Stern 




• Needled) 

• Pants (1) 

• Safety pin (1) 

that you don't want 

Scissors (1) 

• Thread (1) 

Sewing machine 


Sewing pins (1) 


Here's an easy way to use an old, ripped pair of pants to make a drawstring bag for your 
yoga mat. 

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Step 1 — Assess your pants. 

• Are the legs wide enough for your 
yoga mat? Long enough with some 
extra space for seams? It's 
important to verify this before we 
go any further. 

Step 2 — Cut the tube and straighten it. 

• Even straight-leg pants have some change in shape along their length, so turn the leg 
inside-out and pin and sew the flared part(s) to make a straight tube. 

• Cut off the excess fabric leaving a reasonable seam allowance (1/4" to 1/2"). 

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Step 3 — Create a strap. 

• This bag's main purpose is to allow you to carry your mat on your shoulder, so a strap is 

• Cut a length of fabric from the as-of-yet unused leg of the pants to match the length of your 
tube, and fold it over in a manner that hides the fray-able edges. Sew. 

Step 4 

• We're going to create a pleat at the bottom that will make a less boxy shape at the end of 
the bag. 

• With the tube still inside-out, fold the edges in on themselves like in the picture, and 
sandwich one end of the strap into the bottom seam (with the long side inside the main 

• Pin and sew (you may want to sew several times for reinforcement). 

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Step 5 — Create the drawstring casing. 

• Test your bag to see how much space you have at the top to create the drawstring casing 

• With the bag still inside out, fold down a hem to match the size of your drawstring (a little 
bigger to allow movement, of course). 

• I used the hem of the pants, so I didn't need to fold it under to hide any edges, 
but depending on the type and condition of your pants, you may need to turn the 
hem twice to make it nice. 

• Leave a space unsewn so that you can thread your drawstring later. 


Step 6 — Sew a drawstring. 

• To create the drawstring, use the same principle as the strap. I used the double-stitched 
seam from the other pant leg because I like the way it looks, and it's very strong. 

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Step 7 — Thread the drawstring. 

• You're almost there! Thread the drawstring through the casing using a safety pin. 

• Cut a hole along the casing on the on the outside of the bag. 

• You can choose to embroider around this hole if you're worried about fraying, but 
it will only fray a little if you're using denim or corduroy, like me. 

Step 8 

• Turn the bag right side out and attach the loose end of the strap to the loose ends of the 
drawstring with the sewing machine. 

• Be careful, as this will probably be very thick and could prove difficult to run 
through your sewing machine. I know my machine certainly didn't like it! 

• Reinforce this seam. 


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Step 9 — Go to yoga! 

• Insert mat into bag. You're on your 

• I'm still having problems with this 
step, but hey, I can't complain that 
my mat is too hard to carry around 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 1 -03 02:23:05 AM. 

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